Northern Irish singer/songwriter SOAK – aka Bridie Monds-Watson – has today released a new single, added supports for her upcoming Australian tour and been nominated for three prestigious music awards!
SOAK officially releases her new single ‘Reckless Behaviour’ today, taken from her stunning debut full-length, Before We Forgot How To Dream, which is out now via Rough Trade/Remote Control Records. The single is available now via iTunes and streaming services.
Currently undertaking an extensive European headline tour, SOAK returns to Australian shows for the second time over the New Years period. She plays in Melbourne at the Northcote Social Club on Wednesday 6 January and in Sydney at the Newtown Social Club on Friday 8 January and also joins the line-up of Falls and Southbound Festivals.
At both headline shows, she will be joined by 19-year-old alt-pop breakout, Cloves. The shows will be among the first Australian performances from the Melbourne-born, London-based rising star, whose soulful singles ‘Frail Love’ and ‘Don’t You Wait’ have accumulated over 250K streams on Soundcloud, pushed her to #2 on the HypeMachine charts, resulted in play on BBC Radio 1 and been described by i-D Mag as being “melancholy, beautiful and mature beyond her tender years”. Now working under the guidance of Lana Del Ray and Sia collaborator, Justin Parker, Cloves will be releasing her debut EP XIII this November on Island Records.
SOAK will also be joined at both shows by Caitlin Park, whose signature combination of folk, electronics, pop and neo-soul has made her a favourite amongst fans and critics alike. Park’s 2014 sophomore album The Sleeper was named Album Of The Week on FBi Radio and Double J, as well as getting her shortlisted for the prestigious Australian Music Prize. Caitlin’s new endeavours and new projects in 2015 have propelled her into even more exciting territories, reaching new heights as an experimental arranger, building her production skills and evolving her songwriting further still.
EL VY, a new collaboration between Matt Berninger (lyricist and vocalist of The National) and Brent Knopf (frontman/producer of Ramona Falls), release their debut album Return To The Moon today via 4AD / Remote Control Records.
EL VY (rhymes with ‘hell pie’) and Return To The Moon is a project Berninger and Knopf have been thinking about for years. Their friendship spans nearly a decade, starting back when the National and Brent’s previous band Menomena played small half-empty clubs along America’s west coast. Feeling an immediate musical kinship, the pair kept in touch, Brent sending Matt occasional rough sketches of music and Matt responding with melodies and lyrics. Finally, in the winter and spring of 2014-15, they actually got together to make an album.
Watch their latest videos for ‘Silent Ivy Minute’ and ‘Need A Friend’
jennylee – Jenny Lee Lindberg, also of Warpaint – will release her debut solo album, right on!, Friday December 11 via Rough Trade / Remote Control Record and has shared first single ‘Never’.
With Warpaint still very much active, having released new tracks earlier this year and with upcoming festival shows this fall, Lindberg has been constantly writing and making music both with the band and for her solo project for some time. “During the making of [Warpaint’s second album], I started writing songs for what would be my solo record.” she explains. “After we were through touring [for the album], we had a huge chunk of time so I started demo-ing in my home studio.” Lindberg took her time, ensuring she had the physical and mental space to understand exactly what she wanted to create. Most of the record was written over the course of a year, but some of the songs had been percolating for much longer.
HÆLOS have shared brand new music with their new track ‘Pray’. It comes hand in hand with its accompanying video, which together with the recent video for ‘Dust’, completes the bands visual triptych, introduced earlier this year with ‘Earth Not Above’.
‘Pray’ sees the enigmatic trio once again treading the fine line between darkness and euphoria as intensifying drum loops and cinematic strings form a backdrop for Lotti’s haunting and impassioned vocals.
The accompanying video follows on from ‘Earth Not Above’, and comes alongside the release of the long awaited video for ‘Dust’ – the bands inaugural track that first won them an intrigued and dedicated following.” Available to view on the bands website – the 3 part triptych is a rare glimpse into the HAELOS psyche as the band explore modern big city life with the rituals and coping strategies that occupy the early hours, the pain after the rave.
Jeffrey Lewis has shared his latest single ‘Back To Manhattan’ from the upcoming new album Manhattan out this Friday 30 October via Rough Trade / Remote Control Records.
‘Back To Manhattan’ is about breaking up with someone during a walk over the Williamsburg bridge and includes Jeff’s poignant perspective with a bit of humor…’I’m sleeping alone / back in Manhattan / But that’ll be later / if I make it happen / the air’s so romantic / But the big graffiti says suck dick / While the night drifts so gently / thru the sadness between us.’
Sui Zhen returns to Oz after showcasing her talents in THE BIG APPLE (NYC) to launch the album you know and hopefully love in your very own special way, SECRETLY SUSAN.
Secretly Susan has been receiving warm reviews from all over, including ALBUM OF THE WEEK on TRIPLE R RADIO so – time to celebrate! Susan will be throwing two very special Spring parties, in Sydney on Friday 13th November at 107 Projects and in Melbourne on Saturday 21st November at Shebeen proudly presented by the lovely people at Thump, Dot Dash and I Heard A Whisper.
Sui Zhen will perform with her live band featuring Alec Marshall (HOT PALMS, Why Don’t You Believe Me Records?) and Ashley Bundang (TOTALLY MILD, ZONE OUT). Guest appearances on congas by Mitch McGregor + saxophone by Cayn Borthwick borrowed from NO ZU.
Supports for both shows come in the form of by ZONE OUT + SANPO DISCO.
Zone Out is the exciting project of Ashley Bundang. With a new album on the way Sui can’t wait to see her play live. Sanpo Disco is the mix project of Rowan Mason aka DJ Cappuccino + Endless Sunset parties. Sui can’t wait to get down.
Sui Zhen’s Secretly Susan is in stores now, available on iTunes and on limited edition vinyl via Bandcamp.
Sydney electronic trio The Sticks have today shared the video for their second single ‘Sidestep’. The track comes from the trio’s self-titled debut LP to be released Friday 6 November via Broken Stone / Remote Control Records and features the vocals of soprano Jane Sheldon.
Their new video for ‘Sidestep’ is a visual feast, director Alex Ryan (The Preatures, 360, Papa vs Pretty) captures the bands live manipulated sonic-visual experience and wraps it into an immersive dreamy digital landscape. To celebrate the release of their debut album, The Sticks will be performing an audio-visual spectacular in Melbourne and Sydney this summer.